Jerry Garcia, David Grisman reissue ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ single

The track was performed live in 1991 by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Jerry Garcia Music Arts record label is pleased to announce the reissue of Grateful Dead guitarist legend Jerry Garcia and mandolinist great David “Dawg” Grisman’s instrumental rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song, also known as “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” is an ancient Christmas carol, dating from the 15th century.

The recording originates from a concert performed on December 7, 1991, at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. The Garcia/Grisman ensemble played this traditional English Christmas carol live on only three occasions.

The song will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Gracenote, iHeartRadio, MediaNet, VerveLife, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, Shazam and 7digital.

“We’re honored to share this bright and simply beautiful live version of a traditional carol with music fans,” states Jerry Garcia Music Arts.

Additionally, the song is being presented with a new edition of a cheerful Garcia pen and ink holiday-themed drawing titled “Merry Christmas.” The piece can be found online in the Terrapin Gallery and is featured in an art collection curated by Jerry Garcia’s daughter, Keelin Garcia and his wife Manasha Garcia.

A portion of the art and music proceeds will be donated to charity.

Buddy Iahn
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